5 Things to Know About Cat and Dog Allergies
Have a pet and wondering whether FURminator can help with allergies? Curious about the relationship between shedding and sneezing? Or do you have allergies and are trying to figure out whether you can enjoy life with a pet? Hopefully these 5 tips will help.
1 It's Not the Hair
A pet's hair (or fur) is not the cause of allergies. Allergic sensitization to pets is caused by dander, sebaceous skin gland secretions, saliva, and urine that reside on the hair.
All dogs and cats contain allergens. Though some breeds shed less, no breed is truly hypoallergenic, and hair length isn't related to allergenicity.
2 It Is the Hair
Because allergens "travel" on pet hair, focusing on hair is essential, especially reducing the dead hair that finds its way into fabrics, on furniture, across hardwood floors, and onto clothes.
3 Allergies are a Big Deal
According to many sources, around 10% of the population might be allergic to dogs and cats, and that number is twice or three times as high for those with asthma or other allergies.
4 Allergies are a Microscopic Deal
When pets aren't brushed or cleaned at least once a week, microscopic particles of their allergens become airborne in large quantities. Pet dander is invisible to the naked eye and is so small (about 20 times thinner than a human hair), it can remain airborne for hours. Most regular air conditioners can't capture dander due to its microscopic size.
5 There is Hope
The most important thing to keep in mind is your health. Consult your doctor to help determine whether your reactions are due to pets or other allergens and to figure out a course of action that's best for you and your family.
Nothing can completely eliminate shedding or pet allergens, but by regularly removing your dog or cat's loose hair, you can also remove a large portion of the allergen-causing contaminates. One of the most important ways to control the dispersal of allergens into the atmosphere is via regular bathing and deShedding of pets. According to the Humane Society of the United States, simply bathing your pet and removing loose hair and dander can reduce the level of allergens by as much as 85%, and for a lot of pet lovers, that's a lot of hope.